Billie Holiday Musical Lady Day, Starring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgTony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will take center stage as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the new off-Broadway mounting of Lady Day, a bio play with music written and directed by Stephen Stahl. The show, which began performances on September 19 at the Little Shubert Theatre, opens officially on October 3. View Comments Featuring a score built from Holiday’s catalogue of hits, Lady Day tells the inspiring story of Holiday’s final comeback performance as it brings the essence and spirit of the late singer-songwriter to the stage. Joining Bridgewater are David Ayers and Rafael Poueriet, as well as a quartet of veteran musicians including bassist Jim Cammack, sax player Ken Hitchcock, drummer Jerome Jennings and pianist Bill Jolly.center_img Lady Day features 25 Holiday standards, including “Good Morning Heartache,” “Don’t Explain,” “A Foggy Day (In London Town),” “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” “God Bless the Child,” “Mean to Me” and “Them There Eyes.” The show has been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and the Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris, as well as the Donmar Warehouse and the Piccadilly Theatre in London, where Bridgewater earned an Olivier nomination for Best Actress.last_img read more

Presidio of Monterey Garrison Command

first_imgFor many years the Presidio of Monterey was a sub-installation of the nearby Fort Ord. When Base Realignment and Closure shut down Fort Ord on Sept. 30, 1994, the Presidio of Monterey became a separate installation under the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. It retained nearly 1,900 units of military family housing and support facilities at the formerFort Ord, such as Army Community Services, the commissary and post exchange, on what is now known as Ord Military Community.The Army established the Installation Management Agency on Oct. 1, 2003, to separate the administration of post services and logistics from the senior commander at an installation. At the presidio, a garrison commander (Army colonel) and command sergeant major head up a staff of service directorates that runs all base functions, supporting all tenant units and commands. In 2006, Installation Management Command was created. It is currently headed up by a three-star Army general with its headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTERMissionDLIFLC provides culturally based foreign language education, training, evaluation and sustainment to enhance the security of the nation.About DLIFLCDLIFLC is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the nation. Resident instruction provided at the Presidio of Monterey consists of more than a dozen languages and several dialects taught five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night. Courses last between 36 and 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language.The present facilities at the Presidio of Monterey accommodate approximately 3,500 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, as well as select DOD members and the U.S. Coast Guard. To attend DLIFLC one must be a member of the armed forces or be sponsored by a government agency.DLIFLC students are taught by more than 1,800 highly educated instructors, 95 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. Aside from classroom instruction, faculty members also write course materials, design defense language proficiency tests, conduct research and provide analysis.To further advance student knowledge in a particular language, DLIFLC has designed an immersion program, which consists of an off-site facility where students spend one to three days in an isolated environment with their instructors and are not allowed to speak English. The facility is equipped with kitchens and sleeping quarters, while the program consists of real-world exercises, from bargaining for food and clothing at a marketplace, to going through customs or making hotel reservations. DLIFLC also sends a number of students on 30-day, in-country immersions.Nonresident continuing education instruction primarily takes place near the presidio at Ord Military Community in Seaside, California. Intermediate, advanced and refresher courses are conducted at this facility. DLIFLC also maintains language training detachments at numerous sites worldwide, where DLIFLC instructors are assigned to teach language sustainment and enhancement courses at the request of a particular military service.Instructor mobile training teams travel year-round to deliver from two days to six weeks of training, depending on the needs of the requesting unit. Additionally, DLIFLC instructors teach within the scope of the Professional Military Education System at military schools such as the Command and General Staff College, the Air War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.To support the general purpose force, DLIFLC produces Language Survival Kits, which are pocket-size pamphlets with CDs designed to be used in the field and range in topics from search and cordon to medical terminology.DLIFLC also offers a program called Headstart2, consisting of an interactive, 80-hour, self-paced program that teaches basic language, culture, and limited reading and writing. The avatar characters used in this product are designed to function along the lines of today’s interactive computer games. Headstart2 is currently available in nearly 40 languages.For more information about foreign language materials, please go to DLI FOUNDATIONIn 2014, the Defense Language Institute Alumni Association, founded in 2001, joined the DLI Foundation. The DLI Foundation is a public-benefit nonprofit corporation in the state of California and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3). The purpose of the foundation is to promote the institutional advancement of DLIFLC and its alumni by developing, coordinating and promoting programs that attract support and participation of alumni; by offering opportunities for career networking and mentoring; by showcasing DLIFLC academic programs and students, alumni and faculty achievements; by coordinating events, seminars, dinners and speaking tours; and by bringing together alumni in a professional and social setting. For more information, visit INBoth Taylor Hall and Rasmussen Hall are on Lawton Road. If you’re arriving during the duty day, go to Taylor Hall (Building 616) at the corner of Lawton and Rifle Range roads near the Franklin Street Gate. After duty hours, go to your respective service duty office.Pvt. Bolio Gate is open 24/7 for vehicle and pedestrian access. Visitor passes are issued 24/7 for authorized visitors with license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.IN-PROCESSING AT POMAfter unit in-processing, all service members will attend the joint service in-processing brief; it is mandatory for all newly assigned military members of all ranks and services. The brief is conducted to provide a one-stop in-processing station to ensure military members process with all installation and community-level agencies. The brief is conducted every Tuesday. It consists of briefings and in-processing stations.For more information, contact the Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey, at 831-242-5210/7212 or DSN 768-5210/7212.last_img read more

Buying Versus Renting

first_imgThe decision to buy or rent is the most important step in your relocation process. Purchasing a home entails a long-term financial and emotional commitment with various pluses and minuses. Advantages include the possibility of building equity and the freedom to design and decorate your property or landscape. And don’t forget the tax benefits. Disadvantages include upkeep, property taxes and fluctuating property values.Renting, on the other hand, makes moving easier and someone else maintains the property. Amenities such as laundry rooms, exercise rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts vary from one rental complex to another. The main disadvantage is a loss of control over the residence. Some complexes, for example, restrict or prohibit pets and personal touches such as painting. And the landlord or property managers can also raise the rent with proper notice.To determine your best choice, account for all of your needs, review your financial situation and research your options thoroughly.last_img read more

Video: Vulnerable on the Open Road, Bike Safety

first_imgIf you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video of five pro cyclists discussing bike safety. It’s part of a new campaign by PeopleForBikes. To support cycling infrastructure and future development, they’re collecting one million signatures from people across the states. Check out the pledge here.last_img

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

first_imgFilm/VideoGet out to the Laemmle Monica Film Center next Friday in LA to screen Marinoni – The new documentary film by Tony Girardin will show April 15 in Los Angeles.  Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame tells the story of cycling icon Giuseppe Marinoni, who found his calling when he transitioned from champion racer to master bike craftsman. Born in Italy in 1937, Marinoni was an acclaimed young racer who moved to Canada after racing and event there and finding the love of his life in the 1960s. For more showing dates and a trailer check out: the UCI World Cup live Sunday with Redbull – It’s either Paris-Roubaix or the first round of the DH World Cup in Lourdes this weekend. In either case there is likely to be mud and a lot of crashing. Catch the gravity-fueled side of things over at: where they are keeping a live count down timer rolling. 41 hours to go as we go live.AdvocacyWheels Manufacturing rolls out Manufacturing Scholarships – Dave and Cindy Batka, owners of Wheels Manufacturing , want to build a pipeline for Colorado’s manufacturing industry by graduating skilled workers from Front Range Community College. So they’ve ponied up $20,000 to the school, half of which will fund new scholarships for students in need pursuing manufacturing degrees and certificates. The other half will establish an endowment to keep scholarships rolling out, and keep manufacturing in Colorado. & EventsMaybe you can race the Marblehead Road Race next week with Bkool – The popular New England  circuit race is usually a tough season opener with its windy 2.2 mile loop on the coast of Massachusetts. But a freak April snowstorm just downed trees and power lines, forcing the cancellation of the early season race. So indoor simulator Bkool is stepping in to run a virtual race. Join them at noon on April 12 over at for the event from the comfort of home, or ahead of time to virtually preride the loop.The Grinduro is coming back this fall to Quincy, California – One of the most fun sounding new events in cycling is returning this fall, brought to you by Giro, Charge, and SRAM. October 8th, 650 riders will get a chance to ride the Grinduro’s mix of neutral dirt and gravel road riding, paired with four hotly contested timed sections of road and trail, and of course a friendly festival atmosphere. Like last year, the total course will clock in at about 60 miles with 8,000-ish feet of climbing. Registration opens next Sunday, April 17, and from the feed back of this past year’s inaugural event, expect it to sell out quick. Full details at the Marji Gesick 100 in Marquette, MI with 11,000 ft of trail climbing – Uphill from start to finish. How does that sound? Join Tinker Juarez in Ishpeming, Michigan as him and 750 other mountain bikers take on the challenge to race all of the Midwest singletrack the organizers could rustle up. The self-supported point-to-point race is pretty unique, and anyone who finishes in under 12 hours wins a special belt buckle (last year the first to finish under 12hr won $101 after a bet was made that it wasn’t going to happen.) All race proceed go back into the trails via Range Mountain Bike Club and NTN Singletrack. Check them out at: Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you might not otherwise have tried and has a $12 value. The Feed offers goodies from the well-known names like Clif, Honey Stinger, Larabar, Osmo, Powerbar, Skratch, plus many others that offer just about anything an athlete could imagine.…last_img read more

NC’s Gran Fondo This Weekend In Greensboro

first_imgPress Release: The Gran Fondo Greensboro is a premiere cycling event that will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2010 as part of the Festival Italiano in downtown Greensboro, NC.Registration and Check-In For All Rides Opens at 7:00AM. Registration will take place in the parking lot across from the Green Bean.Four Ride Length Choices:• NEW! 102 Mile (Full Century) ride departs at 8:30AM• 62 Mile (Metric Century) ride departs at 8:30AM.• 30 Mile ride departs at 9:00AM.• 15 Mile ride departs at 10:00AM.All rides start and finish at the General Greene Roundabout at the intersection of S. Greene Street and W. McGee Street.This is an exciting, fun and challenging bicycle ride in the tradition of the great Italian cyclists – translated, it generally means “long distance” or “great endurance,” but to many, it means “the big ride.”More info after the break.This classic ride is part of Festival Italiano (an event festival produced by 3 dog productions). The other mastermind behind the planning of this classic event is Greensboro’s own Dale Brown, owner of Cycles De Oro Bike Shop. Thanks to the 3 dog productions team and Dale, this classic cycling event will be fully supported with:Coffee and Pastries, Pre-RideScenic Ride RoutesSAG WagonRest Stops with RefreshmentsPost-Ride Massages by Holistic Health Massage TherapyPost-Ride Pasta Meal provided by Elizabeth’s Pizza/Positano RestaurantItalian Festival, Post-Ride Awards Given for:Best Italian MotifLightest Italian BikeOldest Italian Bikelast_img read more

Do the Mudfoot Hump Hundo

first_imgNow for a completely non-corporate cycling video, this gem was sent to us from Dean and reminds us of all the reasons we love bikes. Inspired by the Almanzo 100, the Mudfoot is a free 100 mile race/ride they do on a regular basis in Los Angeles, which was held on a Wednesday hence the name, Hump Hundred.According to Dean, “It started at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, they are our “team” shop if you will. They provided great support. Geoff McFetridge did the art work for the posters and shirts.”last_img read more

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

first_imgNew Flavors, New Website for B-LINE Natural Energy – The NC based nutrition company B-LINE, created by mountain bikers, makes 100% organic energy gels. Each 2.5 oz. squeeze pouch provides fast absorbing carbohydrates made with real food ingredients. They’ve just launched a new website and redesigned packaging in two new flavors: pomegranate, banana, maple, honey, coconut and honey, maple, molasses, raspberry, chia seed. In recognition of the launch and upcoming Interbike trade show, the folks at B-LINE are running a week long show special. Starting today through next Friday the 18th, use promo code INTERBIKE at checkout for 25% off your order.TouringRoad Titans 300+ Cycling Challenge – Push yourself beyond your limits at this extreme cycling race up mountains, cruising through spectacular landscapes and riding past waterfalls, rivers, and lakes… It is a tough 300+ mile route, but nothing short of spectacular. The event is October 30th & 31st and November 1st in Oconee County, South Carolina. For more information on the Road Titans Challenge 300+ visit Recall Spritz – Don’t Spread – Still using chamois cream to protect your nether regions on rides? We were recently turned on to a new product that takes a different approach to preventing chaffing and saddle sores. The foundation of Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil is based on strengthening the moisture balance of the outer skin layer. It goes on easy and you cannot really feel it once it’s applied. Visit for more information and order yourself a 1 oz or 4 oz bottle.Nutrition Plan Your New Product Intro, Staff Get-Away or Vacation in Fruita, CO – The city, businesses and people of Fruita, Colorado are urging the Cycling Community to plan their Business Events, Staff Retreats, and Vacations in Fruita during the upcoming Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 seasons. Located minutes from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, home to some of the World’s Best Mountain and Road Biking rides, and flush with nice accommodations and activities for all, there’s never been a better time to go to Fruita. Go to and click on any of the images here to book your next adventure!Richmond Worlds 2015VIP Opportunity at the Belgian Huis in Richmond 2015 – Belgian Huis “House” and Roel Vanmuysen’s business, BelgiumBike are creating another beneficial networking event in Richmond, Virginia during the World Cycling Championships which is back in the United States after 30 years. The event will take place at a typical “Flandrien/Classic” part of the course at one of the most critical climbs in the race. Visit the event’s Facebook Page for more information on how you can be a part of this unique way of taking in the World Championships.EventsBigtime mountain biking returns to Vail, Colorado – Powered by SRAM and presented by Scott Bicycles, the Outlier Offroad Festival, which will be held in Vail, Colorado Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 27th, combines the key components of what most would consider mountain biking’s best events – a consumer demo served by two chairlifts, large-purse enduro and xc racing, and a strategic and timely media component, all hosted within a vibrant and affluent mountain venue that’s within easy access of two airports. Need more info? Check out Cycling and the Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race are giving away a set of Boyd’s Altamont wheels, and anyone that crosses the finish line on Saturday has their name thrown in the pot.InterbikeExustar Giving $4k in Cleats Away at Interbike – Exustar, the leader in Performance/Value cycling shoe and pedal systems, is giving away a case (100 units) of cleats to one lucky dealer a day during Interbike. All you have to do is be a qualified dealer, stop by the booth, hand Dannie Nall your card, and come back an hour before the show ends to see if you’ve won! CLICK-IN to the Exustar booth #28218 every day of Interbike for your chance to win.Clothing – Gear  – Tools 25% Off of Scicon Products – Scicon is offering 25% off of the Team Editions of their popular AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bags and Phantom 230 saddle bags for a limited time. Click Here to go to their online store.center_img Industry NewsShimano to Develop Leisure Complex in Netherlands – Shimano Europe has signed a letter of intent to develop a new cycling, fishing and rowing complex in Valkenburg, Netherlands that is due for completion in 2017. The Shimano Experience Center will allow visitors to share the love of cycling, fishing and rowing – Shimano’s three core passions – and show visitors fun ways to get involved in these sports. You can find more on the story here. Cannondale Issues Voluntary Recall of OPI Stems – Cannondale has issued a voluntary recall due to a potential issue they found with their OPI Stems. Through continued testing they discovered a possible safety issue regarding how the OPI stem attaches to the fork’s steerer tube and wants to eliminate the issue by getting ahead of it. No accidents or injuries have been reported and Cannondale already has a solution in place. Here’s a link to the full article and details on what you need to do should you have the OPI stem.TrainingCome Home to Sufferlandria and Save – Use the code SUFFERAGAIN at in the next 48 hours to save 20% on their entire range of cycling, triathlon and running training videos as well as their training plans.last_img read more

The Kali Tava Protects your Head and your KOMs on Strava

first_imgWhat? Airing out a double on a cross bike isn’t how you’d imagine the launch of an aero road helmet? That is precisely why the video featuring Jeff Kendall-Weed and the new Kali Tava is so awesome. The helmet doesn’t guarantee you’ll have the bike handling skills as Jeff, but it should make you faster in the right conditions, as well as safer… Photos c. Kali/Saris MercantiFirst seen at Press Camp, the Tava is Kali’s first take on an aero road helmet as well as the introduction of Bumperfit 2.0. While acting to reduce rotational forces like that of a MIPS liner, Bumperfit 2.0 also reduces low G impacts by up to 12%. The entire helmet is constructed to be as small and light as possible which has always been a design goal for Kali founder Brad Waldron as smaller and lighter helmets transmit less energy to the head in a crash. Claimed to be smaller, lighter, and faster than most aero helmets, the Tava could help you keep your KOMs as early as December 7th.HighlightsDescription: Aero road helmet featuring COMPOSITE FUSION™ Squared and BUMPER FIT™ 2.0 for improved linear and rotational impact protection. The low volume shell design results in reduced drag for an aerodynamic advantage in a wide range of wind conditions.Vents: 2 forward and 4 rearward facing vents with internal channeling for ventilation.Sizes: S/M and M/LColor: Black/GreyCertification: CPSC, EN 1078 standardsWeight: 270 grams (S/M)Price: MSRP US $250kaliprotectives.comlast_img read more

Islabikes Offering Quality Kids’ Bikes Shipped to your Door

first_imgKids love bikes. Kids love bikes even more when they don’t weigh more than they do and have components that actually fit them and work properly. Islabikes know this, which is why renowned British designer Isla Rowntree designed a line of bikes specifically for children with tailored components so your child can love the ride as much as you do. Islabikes launched their line of bikes to the US in April, with shipping to the lower 48 states out of Portland. Bicycles are shipped directly to the consumer with minimal work needed to get them in running order.The Islabikes line includes everything from balance bikes to the Luath road bike above with multiple sizes to fit all children.The Luath Range is a road/CX/touring bike that is geared towards 8-15 year olds and weighs 20-22.5 lbs depending on the size. The Luath is offered in 24, 26″, and 700c wheels with the first two retailing for $599, and the 700c model going for $699. It features an 7005 T6 aluminum butted frame with a cro-moly fork and full rack and fender mounts.  Propelling the bike is an 1×8 drivetrain for the 24 and 26″ models and a 2×8 for the 700c bike with short reach proportional bars, stem, and brake levers on all three. Cross top brakes keep things safe adding an extra position for braking.The Beinn Range is a multi purpose bike for 5-15 year olds that comes in at 17.3-21.7 lbs for 20-26″ wheeled bikes. Both the 20″ and 26″ wheeled sizes also come in a small and a large frame so there are plenty of options for the right fit. Again the bike offers an aluminum frame with cro-moly forks all built with proportional geomety based on the size.Gearing is provided through a single Grip Shift with 7 or 8 speed drivetrains mated with very short reach levers and V-brakes. Note the steerer has plenty of room to accommodate growth and everything from the saddle to the pedals is optimized for the little ones. Beinns will run $399 for the 20″ and $499 for the 24 and 26″ bikes.Getting smaller, the Cnoc Range is billed as a starter bike for 3-6 year olds. Built with either 14 or 16″ wheels, the Cnoc weighs about 12.5 lbs with an alloy frame and cro-moly fork. The US version differs from the Euro version pictured here in that it had to have a coaster brake to meet US safety requirements.Too keep things comfortable, the Cnoc features a smaller diameter handlebar with smaller grips for tiny hands and a micro reach brake lever. It also feature s a sealed headset and bottom bracket – something you will find on very few kids’ bikes. The Cnoc retails for $269.Last but not least, of course no kids’ line would be complete these days without a balance bike like the Islabikes Rothan. The 7.7lb bike for 2-4 year olds has a light aluminum frame with a rear hand brake. It also feature a built in steering limiter to prevent the bars from spinning around and affecting the brake. A Rothan will set you back $189.For those who are near Portland, you can stop by Islabikes’ fitting facility to have your child fit to a bike, or use the size chart on their website. Shipping charges vary based on your location, but range from $25-40.last_img read more